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March 31, 2009

What does the Resurrection really mean to Fred Hiltz?

Filed under: Anglican Church of Canada,Fred Hiltz — David Jenkins @ 5:37 pm
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The God-Man, Jesus was nailed to some pieces of wood and left to hang there until he was dead. During that time, he absorbed all the sins of the entire human race – including mine, which on their own are bad enough – and received the just punishment for them from his Father. Including being removed from his Father’s presence, a presence that he had experienced for an eternity before time even existed. He did this because he loves us and he didn’t want us to have to bear the punishment that we deserve, but he didn’t.

He died and was buried. Our sins died with him and he offers us redemption; as proof of this, he rose from death to life 3 days later. This had never happened before; it is evidence that we too will rise from death.

This article from the Anglican Journal by Fred Hiltz, Primate of Canada doesn’t mention sin; this is not particularly surprising, since the Anglican Church of Canada doesn’t much like to acknowledge that man is sinful, much less that real justice would demand that we be punished for our sin. The notion that Jesus was punished for our sin instead of us is complete anathema to the ACoC, since it flies in the face of the central tenet of the new religiosity experientially discerned by the wrinkled shamans of what used to be a Christian Church: All You Need is Love

In the Anglicans in Mission campaign in the early 1980s, we used prayers and messages about mission from partner churches. I shall never forget the message from the Church in Korea. It read, “The church should light the sacred candle of the resurrection, not merely through its preaching within its walls, but also through actions outside the walls of the church.  We should dedicate ourselves to the task of reviving conscience and justice which will bless us with a brighter, more just society.” That was wise counsel then and now.

For Fred, Easter means a more just society. Why do you think your churches are empty, Fred?



  1. The “just society” -wasn’t that Trudeau’s clarion cry? And wasn’t it Trudeau that wanted the government to get out of the bedrooms of the nation? Gee, seems like Fred has a wealth of material to crib from.

    Comment by Jim Muirhead — March 31, 2009 @ 7:29 pm

  2. Perhaps Master Fred might like a bit more material to crib from – N.T. Wright’s Evil and the Justice of God. It’s a reasonably easy read for a non-academic. He might like the justice part – but not necessarily the justice of God. And then there’s sin, – and repentance, – and forgiveness. No discussion though. No trying to get God to change His mind. Funny thing about a theocracy . . .

    Comment by Margo — March 31, 2009 @ 10:02 pm

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